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Headword: Μινθώσομεν
Adler number: mu,1085
Translated headword: we will smear with dung
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] we will befoul with excrement;[1] for μίνθος ["mint"][2] [is] a flower occuring in excrement, which goats enjoy. Alternatively human excrement [sc. is called] μίνθος , which the herdsmen use rubbing it [to prevent] the difficult sneezing of the goats. Or the dung of the goats is [so] called. When the goats catch cold, the herders are accustomed to take their dung and to rub their nostrils and thus incite sneezing with the stench and in this way to relieve their condition; for sneezing cures the condition. So from this he is saying we will disgust you, since the goats also are disgusted by the dung.[3]
Greek Original:
Μινθώσομεν: κοπρώσομεν: μίνθος γὰρ ἄνθος ἐν τῇ κόπρῳ γινόμενον, ᾧ χαίρουσιν οἱ τράγοι. ἢ ἡ ἀνθρωπίνη κόπρος μίνθος, ᾗ χρῶνται παρατρίβοντες οἱ ποιμένες τῷ δυσεργήτῳ τῶν τράγων πταρμῷ. ἢ ἡ κόπρος τῶν αἰγῶν λέγεται. ἐπειδὰν δὲ οἱ τράγοι ψυγμῷ περιπέσωσιν, εἰώθασιν οἱ αἰπόλοι λαμβάνειν τὴν κόπρον αὐτῶν καὶ χρίειν αὐτῶν τοὺς μυκτῆρας καὶ οὕτω τῇ δυσωδίᾳ πταρμὸν κινεῖν: τούτῳ δὲ τῷ τρόπῳ λύειν τὸ πάθος: ὁ γὰρ πταρμὸς θεραπεύει τὸ πάθος. ἐκ τούτου οὖν φησιν, ὅτι ἀηδίσομέν σε: ἐπεὶ καὶ αἱ αἶγες ἐκ τῆς κόπρου ἀηδίζονται.
[1] cf. mu 1084.
[2] Usually μίνθα or μίνθη : mu 1082, mu 1083.
[3] From a scholion on Aristophanes, Plutus [Wealth] 313, where the headword occurs: "we will smear (you) with dung, just like the nose of a goat" (web address 1).
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: botany; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; medicine; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 23 July 2009@00:59:03.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (tweaks and cosmetics) on 23 July 2009@03:53:51.
David Whitehead on 23 May 2013@08:08:10.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 25 May 2013@00:06:12.


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